Monday, 1 November 2010

At last, old factory SOLD!

Last week I received a phone call from one of the new owners of our wonderful old factory which was the most fantastic news.  We talked for quite a long time about the building and that the new owners had refurbished similar old buildings before and were looking forward to giving great, great grandfather's factory a new lease of life.

The new owner is most interested in the history of the building and asked me to find out what the large steel door in the basement was for which I have successfully been able to do. He is keen to learn more about the history and was fascinated to hear some of the stories from the past and would like to hear more as the project progresses.

Currently, there are lots of rumours going around about the old factory and our current one.  There was an article a couple of weeks ago in a local paper saying the current Brandauer factory was being turned into a Church.  This is totally wrong as I have seen the planning application for this project and the factory next door to our current site is being turned into a Church.  We are very much manufacturing product in our factory.

Yesterday, I received an email from a member of the Birmingham History Forum stating that there was a newspaper article saying that all but the front of the old factory was going to be knocked down and a new building put up behind it.  This was news to me as the new owners hadn't mentioned that to me last week but it is quite possible as this has been done with another pen factory elsewhere in the city.  The new owner mentioned the idea of glass walkways along the back of the old building so passages would not need to be placed in the old workshops which though long are rather narrow.  I shall enjoy learning and watching what eventually happens to the site; it can only be for the benefit of the building and the area in general.

As soon as I hear anything else I will put the information up on this blog, so watch this space...

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